Anyone who is embarking on a new (or improved) fitness regime knows that getting your body into shape is only one part of looking and feeling good. Acne is something that causes embarrassment to the fittest people. If you want to get your skin looking and feeling great, finding the right acne products can be important – particularly if you’re a teenager or fall into a category where skin blemishes are a problem for you.
ACNE PRODUCTS – WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?
Improving muscle tone or losing weight will make you look and feel great. Getting your diet right will also make you healthier on the inside and out. But there are some parts of your body, particularly your skin, that require particular attention and need a little extra help to get right. There are a lot of acne products available in pharmacies and online, but how can you be confident that the acne product you’re buying is going to work.
The fact is that acne is influenced by your personal skin type, so sometimes you just have to try a few different products before you find the right one for you. Your skin can also change depending on the season, particularly if you live somewhere where you experience hot summers but cold winters. The key to finding the right acne products is knowing your skin and knowing the active ingredients in the products you’re considering. There’s a lot of marketing that goes into acne treatments and you need to be able to differentiate between something that has a lot of hype surrounding it and something that is tailored to your individual needs. You also want to know that what you’re buying has been proven to work for your skin type.
One of the best ways to get the right advice about how to treat your skin effectively is to speak to a dermatologist, pharmacist or your GP. Many dermatologists and chemists have specialists on hand who can test your skin and find out more about it for you so that they can recommend a product or combination of products that are appropriate. Pharmacists, in particular, will also have a good ‘feel’ for the products they stock that have been proven to work because they are dealing with customers feedback on their products every day. They can also advise you of any potential allergic reactions that people have or may have for different ingredients and help you monitor the progress of your treatment.
If you want to get some good feedback on acne products that have or have not worked for people like you then the internet is a rich source of information. Large retailers (think Amazon.com) have good mechanisms in place to enable actual customers to leave feedback about their experience with different acne products. There are also a lot of forums in which you can ask questions and leave your own feedback as well as review the comments others have made about particular products and/or services. The internet is also a great way to research all the different brands that manufacture acne treatments with similar active ingredients.
Whether you’re talking to a dermatologist, GP, a pharmacist or discussing acne products online, you also want to find out what kind of other lifestyle changes people have successfully made to improve their skin. Diet is a very important factor in giving your healthy skin. Like your skin, your body is a personal thing and what works for someone else might not work for you. Some people have found success by increasing their intake of Omega-3 fatty acids (eating more fish, seeds and nuts) and reducing their intake of fried/fatty foods (which contain Omega-6 fatty acids). Others have improved their skin and fought off acne by eating more fruit and vegetables more regularly. Some other diet tips that have helped people with their acne include eating more macrobiotic products (like natural yogurt), reducing their intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates and drinking plenty of fresh water.
Some occurrence of pimples, zits and acne are very normal in a large proportion of the population, particularly young adults. More serious outbreaks of acne and skin blemishes are also quite common, particularly for teenagers. Getting fit and feeling good about yourself can help you ‘endure’ breakouts without embarrassment because being fit and healthy is a natural way to improve your general self-esteem and confidence, even if you do have a few skin blemishes.
Be careful to avoid the trap of falling for marketing hype and spin that is carefully aimed at making you feel vulnerable for having acne so that you will feel that you have to go out and spend money on a particular brand. Learn to see through celebrity endorsements and television and print media that use carefully staged ‘before and after’ photos to spruik their products. No doubt some of these products work well, but what you see on television doesn’t necessarily translate to the kind of results you’re going to achieve in reality. Late night TV ads that offer unbelievable deals on ‘lifetime’ subscriptions to skin care products are particularly dangerous and sometimes cost you a lot of unnecessary expense in the long run
Some suggested acne products available online
Here are a few acne products we’ve seen advertised online. We haven’t tested or thoroughly reviewed any of these products and we aren’t affiliated with the retailers. We’re offering these suggestions simply as a way to get you started if you’re unsure what kind of acne products are currently available and want to get some ideas.
DERMALOGICA – MediBac Clearing Adult Acne Treatment Kit 5pcs
Includes 50ml clearing skin wash, 15ml clearing mattifier, 15ml overnight clearing gel, 3ml concealing spot treatment and 22ml sebum clearing masque.
ZENMED® Derma Cleanse® Acne Mask & Spot Treatment 120ml
Ingredients: Witch Hazel, Chamomile, Sea Kelp, Sage, Coltsfoot, Yarrow, Balm Mint, Rosemary, Althea, Wild Thyme & Horsetail, Kaolin, Oregano
Oil, Montmorillonite, Distillate, Zinc Oxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Steari,cAcid, Vitamin B5, Allantoin, Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexyl, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol.
Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti Acne Treatment 30ml
Claims: brightens the complexion, extends the life of your foundation; ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin; blurs the appearance of fine lines and pores; protects the skin against premature signs of photo ageing; helps diminish current signs of photo-ageing, such as sun spots and hyperpigmentation; Dermaveil Technology features Pearlised Minerals to offer instant skin brightening properties; allows the skin to breath; bearberry promotes overall skin brightening; minimizes the appearance of brown spots and reducing melanin formation; infused with Artemia Marine Plankton which protects the skin from cellular damage, environmental stress and oxidation.
La Roche Posay – Effaclar K Daily Renovating Anti-Relapse Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment 30ml
Claims: retinyl linoleate technology for oily skin; LHA 0.4% for micro-exfoliation action to refine skins texture; minimizes the appearance of fine lines & clogged pores; salicylic acid 1.5% lessens oil production, shrinks pore & prevents blackheads; smoother & clearer complexion.
Glytone Acne Treatment Facial Cleanser – 200ml
Claims: mild & powerful anti-acne foaming cleanser; 2% Salicylic Acid to eliminate surface dead cells & dissolve excess oil; unclogs pores; minimizes P. acnes bacteria; anti-inflammatory & soothing; treats & prevents acne breakouts with regular use; leaves skin calm, clear, radiant & healthy looking; perfect for normal to oily, acne-prone skin.